|Friday April 12||Saturday April 13||Sunday April 14|
6:30 PM BOSS HAWG BAND
8:30 PM ERIC DARIUS
12:30 PM DOUG DEMMING
& DENNIS GRUENLING
WITH THE JEWEL TONES
4:30 PM THE LEE BOYS
6:30 PM FOGHAT
8:30 PM VINCE NEIL OF MOTLEY CRUE
1:00 PM TRINITY 7
4:00 PM SOUL CROONERS
5:30 PM URBAN MYSTIC
7:00 PM FANTASIA
*ARTIST AND TIMES SUBJECT TO CHANGE WITHOUT NOTICE
Made up of all local boys and Manatee county natives, (Jody Britt guitar /vocals, Josh Davis bass/ vocals, Danny Fox guitar/vocals and Casey Rupert drums) The Boss Hawg Band burst onto the local music scene in the summer of 2009, bringing to audiences their unique blend of screaming guitars, thunderous drums and down home country, hard rock, southern fried boogie sounds. Although they do not label themselves as a “southern rock” band, it’s hard to deny their southern roots, “we are just a rock and roll band from the south…when you are born here, your daddy was born here, your granddaddy’s granddaddy was born here, its just in your blood and it comes out in your music, we don’t need any labels or categories for that”. With musical influences from the Allman Brothers to ZZ Top, from ACDC to ZaKK Wylde to Jason Aldean, the “Hawgs” music is busting at the seems with bluesy riffs, country twang, soulful melodies, toe tapping beats and enough metallic 100 proof, in your face rock to make you want to shake your tail (ladies), stomp your feet and give a resounding fist in the air “HELLYEAH”!!
With five critically-acclaimed albums, a Number One hit single and six Top 10 radio hits on Billboard’s Contemporary Jazz Charts, 28-year-old saxophonist and composer Eric Darius is on a mission. Prophetically hailed Debut Artist of the Year by Smooth Jazz News in 2004, Eric has shared the stage with renowned artists including Prince, Brian McKnight, Babyface and George Benson. Eric’s high-energy music challenges the stereotypes of jazz and appeals to audiences of all ages. “As a young person into jazz, it is important for me that the music stays alive and remains relevant in today’s music scene,” Eric says. “I am trying to bridge the gap and create music that appeals to all age demographics, especially the youth. I strive to make music they can relate to.”
DOUG DEMING Eastside Detroit native Doug Deming, now hailing from Florida’s Gulf Coast, has garnered widespread attention for his deft guitar work and memorable songwriting. With a nod to the likes of T-Bone Walker and Charlie Christian, as well as Luther Tucker and Robert Jr. Lockwood, Doug leaves his own mark whether swingin’ on the big jazz box, or playing straight up blues on the solid body Fender guitar. While playing the local Detroit scene in the early 90′s, major players began to take notice, and Doug spent much of the following years backing many of the day’s top touring blues artists, including Fabulous Thunderbirds frontman Kim Wilson, legendary Louisiana swamp bluesman Lazy Lester, Gary Primich, Chicago greats Johnny “Yard Dog” Jones, and A.C. Reed, as well as Detroit’s own Queen of the Blues, Alberta Adams.
The Mitch Clark Band has spent the last decade rocking Southwest Florida with their high energy funky blues and rock & roll. Mitch's edgy guitar licks and smoky, soulful vocals, along with his star stud- ded 7 piece horn band delivers an astonishing performance that al- ways leaves you wanting more. A dynamic show that is a sure bet to entertain young and old alike!
The Lee Boys are one of America’s finest African-American sacred steel ensembles. This family group consists of three brothers, Alvin Lee (guitar), Derrick Lee and Keith Lee (vocals) along with their three nephews, Roosevelt Collier (pedal steel guitar), Alvin Cordy Jr. (7-string bass) and Earl Walker (drums). Each member began making music at the ages of 7 and 8 in the House of God church they attended in Perrine, FL. Here they underwent a rigorous course of training in a variety of musical instruments, including lap and pedal steel guitars. Born and raised in Miami, each of The Lee Boys grew up in the church where their father and grandfather, Rev. Robert E. Lee, was the pastor and a steel player himself.
In the late 1960’s Roger Earl & Lonesome Dave Peverett first toured America as members of the seminal British band"Savoy Brown". Together with guitarist Kim Simmonds, "Savoy Brown" was on the cutting edge of the emerging British blues-rock scene, and they influenced countless musicians on both sides of the "pond". In 1971, wanting to give a more Rock ‘n Roll flavor to the blues-boogie music they were playing with "Savoy", Dave & Roger enlisted lead/slide guitarist Rod Price & bassist Tony Stevens, formed a new band, "Foghat", and the rest is part of Rock and Roll history.
International superstar, accomplished businessman and heartfelt philanthropist, Vince Neil came to exemplify all things rock and roll: the sound, the success, the look and the outrageous lifestyle. Vince’s unmistakable voice leads some of the greatest rock songs of this generation including “Shout At The Devil,” “Home Sweet Home,” “Girls, Girls, Girls,” “Dr. Feelgood,” “Kickstart My Heart,” “Same Ol Situation,” and the recent “Saints of Los Angeles,” which was nominated for a Grammy Award in 2009 for Best Hard Rock Performance. With fifteen years between his last solo album, Vince Neil releases Tattoos & Tequila on June 22, followed by his tell all book of the same name later in the fall.
When not performing, Vince Neil continues to expand and oversee his latest entrepreneurial efforts which include Feelgoods Rock Bar and Grill in West Palm Beach and Las Vegas; Vince Neil Ink, a Las Vegas based tattoo parlor and apparel shop with two locations -- one on the Las Vegas strip and one in the Rio Hotel & Casino; Tres Rios tequila, a high quality, authentic Mexican tequila created from the finest Agave in Guadalajara Mexico; The Skylar Neil Memorial Foundation (www.skylarneil.org), a tribute to Vince’s daughter whom he lost to cancer in 1995 which has raised over $2 million to help combat childhood cancer and his latest venture, Vince Neil Aviation, a luxury air charter service providing the the rock n’ roll commute on either his Lear 35 or Hawker 700 jets.
Over 80 Million Records Sold World Wide | 15 Albums in the Top 200 Billboard Chart | 12 Songs in the Top Billboard Hot 100 Chart | Solo Album Hits #6 in 2010 on Billboard Charts | Multi Time Grammy Award Nominee | Winner of an American Music Award | Multiple #1 Singles & Albums on Various Billboard Charts
Trinity 7, led by singer Ras Meishak hailing from the hills of Jamaica, delivers authentic, roots reggae. Their original music carries on the message that reggae was founded on: a message of inspiration, revolution, transformation, hope, unity & peace. The members of Trinity 7 came together from many different regions, cultures and backgrounds, all united by a deep-rooted love for reggae music and a steadfast belief that conscious music can produce positive change within society.
Trinity 7 has shared the stage with many well known artists such as The Wailers, Culture, The Original Wailers, Stephen Marley, and Groundation. Their music has continuously proven to capture the attention of audiences worldwide.
Back by popular demand, Ribfest revisits the soul music of the 1970s with unforgettable melodies, heavenly harmonies, and talented vocalists. You’ll fall in love with some of your favorite guys who masterfully croon new songs from the greatest singers of that engaging era. This is a performance you don’t want to miss!
About Nate Jacobs
A shining example of multiple talents, Nate is an actor, singer, comedian, playwright, composer, and director who has produced and appeared locally in many hit shows. As a playwright, Nate has created both original and adapted works such as Motown 60s Review, The Soul Crooners, Marvin Gaye, the Magnificent Music of the 40s, and Love Sung in the Key of Aretha.
Nate has travelled the U.S. and the Caribbean with popular recording artists and has been featured on several TV shows, including BET’s Bobby Jones Gospel Explosion, New York’s Showtime at the Apollo, Henry Porter and The Love Campaign, and Sony Records Showcase. His co-adaptation of Celebrating Greatness was featured on CBS's Street Stories with Ed Bradley. Nate’s original one-man comedy show, Aunt Rudele’s Family Reunion, which received rave reviews across the nation, was selected for the Zora Neale Hurston Festival in Eatonville, Florida, and the National Black Theater Festival, and was performed in New York at PS-NBC’s “new comedic talent” event. One of Nate’s largest fan bases is in Zurich, Switzerland, where he has performed for the past several years with his singing ensemble
In 2013, music has been over-run by pop synthesized vibes and auto-tuned vocals. While this is the trend today, there are still music fans who appreciate raw, sultry vocals, true instrumentation and innate spirituality in their music. In keeping with his mission to share real soul music, Urban Mystic is ready to touch the masses with Love Intervention, his fourth official album on SoBe Entertainment.
As a Fort Lauderdale-born Minister’s son, Urban Mystic, or Urb as his friends call him, takes a progressive approach to creating music that is well-received across genres and generations. He galvanizes R&B, Hip Hop and Classic Soul beautifully and effortlessly, without losing his gospel roots.
To Fantasia, life and music can never be separated. So when the 28-year-old, Grammy Award winner titled her third album Back to Me, she was making her current goals, both creative and personal, crystal clear.
“When I was on American Idol,” she says, “people fell in love with the young lady who took her shoes off to come onstage, who spoke her mind and didn't hold anything back. They could relate because whatever I was feeling at the time, I put that in my music.
Please consider volunteering your time at the 7th Annual Gulf Coast Rhythm & Ribfest. You will not only have fun volunteering at the event, but are able to stay before and after your shifts to enjoy the music and food. It will truly be a great weekend!
“Greatest Ribs in America”, “Golden Ribs Award”, “Best Sauce in the Nation” and numerous “People’s Choice Awards” are just a few of the Titles and Awards, the attending Rib Masters share amongst them. Last year’s winners of the “Best Ribs” and “Best Sauce” Awards will attend again and are ready to defend their titles.
Purchase tickets online, at participating Walgreens stores or at the gate.
Families will find plenty to do and will enjoy Games, Rides, Prizes, Thrill Shows, and Live Entertainment in our Interactive Kid’s Fun Zone.
Sponsorship and Vendor Opportunities are still available. Last years event attracted over 25,000 attendees. This year’s event is even bigger and better and is expected to draw 30,000 visitors from Manatee and the surrounding counties to the Manatee Fairgrounds.